Dictation: How Memory and Mental Pictures Build Writing Skills

Dictation: How Memory and Mental Pictures Build Writing Skills

Despite the plethora of book reports, journals, poetry, short stories, and writing prompts being used in schools, students continue to be unprepared for skilled writing in high school and college. We hear this lament from college professors over and over again -- we...

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Narration: The Art of Oral Composition

Narration: The Art of Oral Composition

In my last post I discussed the simplest and easiest tool for building strong writers in the early years -- copywork -- and today I'm moving on to perhaps the most difficult -- narration. If you've spent any time learning about classical or Charlotte Mason education,...

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Copywork:The Power of Learning Through Imitation

Copywork:The Power of Learning Through Imitation

I've already mentioned that I don't require any creative writing at all from my young writers -- no stories, poetry, or even journal writing. Instead, I wait until my writers have developed mastery of the skills required to properly express themselves on paper:...

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Building Strong Writers in the Early Years

Building Strong Writers in the Early Years

We don't do a lot of the typical writing activities and assignments that are popular in public schools (and homeschools!). In case you are over your shock and horror over the fact that I don't have any assigned reading in my homeschool, I have also never assigned my...

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Adding Cooking to the Curriculum

Adding Cooking to the Curriculum

I'm so thankful that many years ago when my own parents were making education choices for their children, they decided to opt into the French immersion program of the public school system. We were fortunate to have begun our education in French, and I stayed in the...

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Step Into History with Carole P. Roman! {REVIEW}

Step Into History with Carole P. Roman! {REVIEW}

What subjects do you teach in your homeschool? I'm willing to bet that Math and Language Arts are on the list, and probably Science and History too. You might even have Art, Music, and Bible included in your plans. I don't know about you, but my list of "to-do's" each...

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A Not “Back-to-School” Update

A Not “Back-to-School” Update

Today I'm sharing with you about a fun book series that will help your children step right into history by imagining that they they are a part of it. This is by far my children's favourite way of relating to history -- they just love to use what they are learning and...

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Getting Started With French {Review}

Getting Started With French {Review}

I'm sure your newsfeed has been as full of first day of school pictures and posts as mine has been! Public schoolers and homeschoolers alike are excited about sharp new pencils, shiny new books, and a fresh start. And there is something almost intoxicating about the...

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Homeschooling Without a Schoolroom

Homeschooling Without a Schoolroom

Foreign language learning is definitely challenging for many homeschoolers, I know it sure has been for me. And as a Canadian living in a bilingual environment, I have always wanted to be able to teach my children to speak French. But without a formal course of study,...

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